Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 9, 2016

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FEB. 9, 1984

Weather observer Earl Windham reported .45 inches of rain on Feb. 3. He also reported a high of 67 degrees on Jan. 30 and a low of 24 degrees on Feb. 1.

Theron L. Sims, manager of the Piggly Wiggly Super Market here for 20 years, retired Saturday, ending a 40-year career in the grocery business. He is succeeded by Robby Stanford of Atmore.

Alvin Howard Dees, 75, of Evergreen died Wed., Feb. 1, in a local hospital. A native of Escambia County, the son of the late Stephen and Lucy Robinson Dees, he was manager of JayVilla Plantation for 41 years. He was born Aug. 14, 1908.

Over 100 attended the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual promotion banquet Friday night at the Holiday Inn. Representatives from 35 businesses and industries, 10 professionals and nearly all county and city elected officials were among those present.
Mrs. Ouida Salter introduced the speaker, Dr. Joe M. Elrod of Montgomery, who is associated with New York Like Insurance Co. He entertained with a chain of “Cajun” jokes drawn from his experiences while serving as an educator in Southern Louisiana before finishing up with a few serious remarks and challenges.
Mrs. Willene Whatley assumed the presidency and made concluding remarks, calling on members for continued support of Chamber activities.

FEB. 13, 1969

Pfc. Joseph S. Ward, USMC, is in Okinawa enroute to Vietnam. He entered the Marine Corps on July 2, 1968 and left for California for January. Private Ward is the son of Richard Ward of Evergreen and Mrs. James V. Hawsey of McKenzie. He attended Lyeffion High School.

A woman faces charges of assault with intent to murder following a scrape here Monday night.
Sarah Matthews was arrested by Evergreen Policemen Tal Smith and Henry C. Jackson who investigated. They turned her over to Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock.
She is charged with shooting Matthew Stallworth, 35, city sanitation department worker, with a .22 caliber pistol. Three shots were fired and one hit the man in the back of the head, but the wound was not serious. In fact, he worked Tuesday.

The Spring Term of Circuit Court will open here Monday morning with Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding. After the Grand Jury is empaneled, the trial of civil cases on an extremely light docket will begin.
The grand jurors will have a number of cases presented to them by District Attorney Ralph L. Jones of Monroeville and County Solicitor Henry J. Kinzer. Since all cases from the Fall Term were continued, there should be a fairly heavy docket of criminal cases to be tried the week beginning Mon., March 10. There are only 10 cases slated for the jury trial on the civil docket.

FEB. 11, 1954

Evergreen High Seeks Historical Items For School’s Museum: The Journalism Club of Evergreen High School today made a plea to the public for donations of items of historical interest in the field of education in Evergreen. These items will be kept in the newly formed Evergreen High School Museum for many years to come and will help to show to posterity a way of life in Conecuh County.
M.B. Campbell, Farmers Bonded Warehouse, has given glass cases in which the articles donated will be kept at the school.
The initial contribution, consisting of three pictures, was made by Mrs. Katie McCreary. It is fitting that one of the pictures is of Miss Willie Cunningham, the beloved lady who contributed so much to education in Conecuh County. Another picture shows the baseball team of 1894, featuring such players as Edmund Finch, Henderson Cook, Ted Gantt and Donnie Bruner.
The school is indebted to Miss Mary Cunningham for a picture of a “Thom Thum” commencement wedding in which she was a winsome bridesmaid and Mary Dent Salter (Mrs. Fred Mills) was a flower girl.

Several personnel changes are announced today by D.T. (Tal) Stuart, Stuart Motor Co. Zell Murphy, popular Evergreen resident who is well-known and liked throughout the county, is now associated with the firm in charge of their parts department.
Warren Bolton has been named general manager and service manager.

FEB. 9, 1939

Conecuh County Pioneer Is Claimed By Death: Alexander A. Autrey, one of the pioneer citizens of Conecuh County, died at the home of his nephew, George M. Jones on Bellview Avenue, Sunday afternoon, at the advanced age of 83 years.
Mr. Autrey was the son of the late Enoch George Autrey and Elizabeth Amanda (Johnston) Autrey, and was born at Old Sparta on May 19, 1855. When quite young, he moved to the Johnstonville community, where he resided until his death. He was a lifelong member of the Brooklyn Baptist Church, from which funeral services were held Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. J.G. Dickinson and Rev. Raines, his pastor.

Robert Fields, 60-year-old McKenzie man, is being held in Conecuh County Jail on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing two weeks ago of his 20-year-old wife, Eva Bell.
The latter was found on the shoulder of Highway 31, one mile south of the Conecuh-Butler county line, on the night of Jan. 27, stabbed to death near the heart with an ice pick, or similar instrument.
Fields, who sometimes goes by the name of Mayweather, disappeared from his home on the night the body was found and authorities immediately instituted a search.

Using bloodhounds obtained from the sheriff of Butler County and with the aid of two highway patrolmen, Sheriff J.G. Moore and his deputies found Fields Tuesday near Nymph, after receiving reports he had been seen in that vicinity.

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